LCNV’s Successful AmeriCorps Program

January 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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AC 2In the first 100 days of the first term of his administration, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act – the boldest national service legislation since the era of FDR. The bill promised to more than triple AmeriCorps from 75,000 to 250,000 AmeriCorps by 2017, to grow Senior Corps, and to advance impact volunteerism and proven social innovation.

LCNV applies for AmeriCorps funding through a competitive grant process with the Virginia State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which allows four AmeriCorps members the opportunity to serve at LCNV. Without this funding, 12 class locations would lose their lead teachers, thousands of service hours worth of ESOL curriculum development, data entry, community outreach, and volunteer management would vanish, and the number of adult learners the program could reach would drop by more than half. And that is just at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia! Check out this article on huffingtonpost.com to find out what would happen nationwide if AmeriCorps was eliminated.

Additionally, LCNV uses its capacity to serve as the applicant and fiscal agent for this grant to benefit Loudoun Literacy Council (LLC) and BEACON for Adult Literacy in Prince William County, securing four more AmeriCorps members – two to serve with LLC and two to serve with BEACON. All three organizations recruit AmeriCorps members in March of each year who will serve for one year (September to August) as lead classroom instructors, teaching the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English. AmeriCorps members are fully trained and have the opportunity to supervise volunteers, collaborate with site partners, and participate substantively in organizational management.

In his 2012 victory speech, President Obama said: “The role of ‘citizen’ in our democracy does not end with your vote. America has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together.” Let’s hope that with our efforts we can ensure the future of National Service Programs so that generations to come can continue on with the proud tradition of Getting Things Done for America.

If you or someone you know would like more information about AmeriCorps and how to apply, visit www.americorps.gov and submit your application to the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia program. Contact us directly at americorps@lcnv.org in case of inquiries.

Rachel Martin, AmeriCorps Instructor, and Suzie Eaton, Senior Director of Development
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

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